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Dropping cash on a new iPhone dock each time Apple decides to change the form factor can get pretty annoying, but if you’re down with rolling your own home brewed solution, you can actually create a sturdy dock for your iPhone 5s or iPod Touch using nothing but the LEGO blocks laying around your house.
We’ve seen a few LEGO docks over the years, but a YouTuber has created a simple step-by-step tutorial that teaches everyone how to build their out of three parts – a top segment, cable holder and a base. The dock in the video only uses black and white LEGOs for a sleek look, but we’d love to see it with a splash of color.
Watch the full tutorial below:
Apple has been waging a fierce war against Flash ever since the iPhone debuted without the power to run Adobe’s battery hungry, multimedia software. Finally, seven years into the battle, Google is adding another blow by flagging Flash content in mobile search results with a warning that sites might not work properly.
iOS users have proven they have an uncanny ability to waste obscene amount of coin on silly in-app purchases, and the latest tech-titan to cash in on all that spending is none other than reality star Kim Kardashian.
Kim launched her first iOS game at the end of June to surprisingly great reviews, but the bigger surprise is the mountain of cash Kardashian and developers Glu Mobile are about to make off of all the fans flocking to download a piece of Kim’s Hollywood life.
We’re still waiting to get our first glimpse of Apple’s upcoming smartwatch, but according to a new report, Apple is planning to release not one, not two, but three different models of the iWatch this fall.
Citing supply chain sources in China, the Economic Daily claims Apple will make the iWatch available by the end of 2014 with three different sizes to choose from, but you’ll probably want the fatty 1.8-inch unit, as it will supposedly be the most durable of the bunch.
Apple has been looking a lot friendlier ever since its PR boss Katie Cotton left the company last May, and even though no one has been tapped to fill her vacancy yet, Cupertino might be looking to make a huge splash by tapping President Obama’s former press secretary for the post.
Apple and Google may reign supreme as the top two tech companies in the U.S., but when it comes to attractiveness, Amazon and Microsoft employees are absolutely slaying them.
After crunching the numbers from its social-networking app for professionals, Hinge found that employees from Amazon are the most sought-after on network, topping both Google, Facebook and Microsoft, with Apple’s young professionals coming in dead last.
CharityBuzz just opened a new auction lot that includes a one-hour paid lunch at Apple HQ with you, your friend, and Mr. Fixit Eddie Cue.
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If there’s one thing we learned during the World Cup (other than ze Germans are relentlessly brilliant machines), it’s that Beats has some of the best damn marketing on the planet, and Apple really, really needs its help.
After getting tossed around by Samsung in the marketing ring the past few years, the NYPost reports that Apple is looking to Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine to help it reignite its marketing magic, even if it means cutting ties on its 30-year partnership with TBWA.
The iPhone 6 isn’t expected to get a huge battery upgrade, but in just a few years your next iPhone might be able to go weeks on a single charge.
Apple and British fuel-cell firm Intelligent Energy have supposedly been working on a secret partnership, according to The Daily Mail, that might bring embedded fuel cells with weeks of battery life to Apple’s armada of MacBooks, iPhones and iPads.
Picks of the week...
Rather than slogging through a lake of reviews to find something you’re just going to put down after 10 minutes, Cult of Mac has waded through the iTunes store to compile a list of the best new books, movies and music to come out this week so you don't have to get it yourself.
This week we've found dancey jams from a pop prodigy in Vegas, the summer's coldest sci-fi flick, and the best cure for your space odyssey blues, now that Cosmos is off air.
Land of Love and Drowning, by Tiphanie Yanique
Tiphanie Yanique's debut novel is starting to get a lot of buzz for its rich tale of love and magic set in the Virgin Islands. Land of Love and Drowning covers three generations of the Bradshaw family who have felt love, loss, drama and a little bit of magic during their emotional stay in the Caribbean, but the star character of Yanique's novel is the the island itself, in all its seductive wonder.
iTunes - $14.99
Set in a future where global warming has caused Earth to resemble something closer to Hoth, Snowpiercer is a post-apocalypic thriller where the remaining population of earth are stuck on a train fueled by a perpetual motion engine that circles the globe once every year. The film has earned praise for being one of the best sci-fi movies of the summer and after opening up to limited audiences two weeks ago, it's already available on iTunes.
iTunes - $6.99
Ab-Soul - These Days
Ab-Soul is the most lyrical member of the TDE rap group, and while his partners in crime, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q,m have been grabbing most of the spotlight this year, his third studio album is finally here. Featuring guest verses from Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Puff, Jay Rock, and of course, Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar, These Days is the best new rap album to hangout with this weekend.
iTunes - $11.99
America's massive Hydro-electric dams have been one of our crowning achievements in engineering ever since Roosevelt dedicated the Hoover Dam in 1935. Over 70,000 dams have dotted the US since then, but their effects on the environment have been devastating, and removing them isn't easy.DamNation explores how Americans' pride in our marvelous dams has changed to a growing awareness that our future is tied to the health of the rivers we've plugged up.
iTunes - $4.99
Shamir - Northtown
The tunes from Las Vegas' latest pop prodigy, Shamir, should have graced your earbuds by now. His sounds dances somewhere between Prince and the Jackson 5 version of Michael Jackson. It's incredibly infectious, but if you haven't gotten the Shamir bug yet, you can should check out his first EP, Northtown on iTunes.
iTunes - $3.99
The Grand Budapest Hotel
After exploring the forest of New England in Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson has taken his talents to the mountains of Zubrowka - a fictional European nation that lives somewhere in a snow globe. The opulent Grand Budapest Hotel stylishly portrays the life-changing friendship of the hotel's impossibly dignified concierge, and the lobby boy, who get thrown into an adventure after a prized and incredibly valuable painting gets stolen.
iTunes - $5.99
The Universe, by John Brockman
Now that Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson is on break, I'm turning to John Brockman to get my fix of easy-to-understand-but-totally-mindblowing science facts. In his latest book, The Universe, Brockman brings together the world's top physicists and science writers to explain the universe in all its wondrous splendor, providing insights on gravity, dark matter, the energy of empty space, and the possibility of a unified theory.
iTunes - $10.99
Braid - No Coast
Sia's new album is solid, but if you're looking for something different and fun, Braid just came out with their first album in 16 years. You'd expect a bunch of early-2000's era emo musicians to release something out of touch with current music after such a long break, but No Coast is the sound of a band that's perfectly adjusted with age.
iTunes - $9.99
The Hundred Year House, by Rebecca Makkai
Rebecca Makkai is following up her acclaimed novel The Borrower with a gothic intergenerational mystery that's full of heartbreak and love. The Hundred Year House stars a grand Midwestern estate, the Laurelfield, and the cursed Devohrs family, who has seen their family home transform into an artist colony and back again, where the occupants who stay there end up haunting it, or being haunted by it.
iTunes - $12.99